The July 29th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including rumors heat up that Aramis Ramirez might waive his no-trade clause, evaluating Jered Weaver's Cy Young chances, Santana basks in the no-hitter afterglow and much more...
The Monkey Says: Now we are talking! Ramirez has been saying all season that he won't waive his no-trade clause for family reasons, but he seems to be realizing that the Cubs could be heading into rebuilding mode and may not want to stick around for it. If he does decide to allow a trade, the Angels are the most logical match both in terms of team fit and trade package. There is even word that the Cubs had scouts at last night's Arkansas Travelers game. Ramirez better make up his mind soon, because if he needs to allow whatever team that acquires him to figure out what to do about his 2012 option which automatically vests if he is traded, but he may not want it to, so there will definitely be negotiations that need to take place.
The Story: Can Jered Weaver win the Cy Young?
The Monkey Says: It is going to be close this year and might come down to who finishes the season best. I still think Verlander has the edge because he is flashier than Weaver, but if Jered can keep his ERA under 2.00, voters of every kind are going to have a hard time not voting for him.